A Prosecutor’s Summary of Evidence against McVeigh

            After growing increasingly frustrated by the government, Timothy James "Tim" McVeigh and Terry Nichols conspired to bomb a federal building to punish the authorities for their choices. Together, they worked on a lakeside camping ground next to McVeigh’s Army post to construct an ANNM explosive device. McVeigh drove the device, mounted on a rented Ryder truck to the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building a few minutes before the office doors opened for the day's business.The bomb was made of two thousand and three hundred kilograms of ammonium nitrate and nitromethane. A few minutes before reaching the building, at 9.00AM, McVeigh stopped to light a two-minute fuse. The device exploded automatically at 9.02 AM just after the expiry of the two minutes that he had set.

McVeigh and his colleague stole or purchased most of the materials used in making the bomb. McVeigh bought nine kinestiks from Roger E. Moore, a gun collector in august 1994. On the other hand, Nichols purchased 23 kg of ammonium nitrate from Mid-Kansas Coop on 30 Sept. 1994 and an additional 23 kg bag on 18 Oct. 1994. During the same time, they robbed Roger E. Moore of guns, jewels, silver and gold worth $60,000 and transported it in the victim’s car. Consequently, McVeigh did not have to raise more money for the bomb since it would cost around $5,000. In Oct. 1994, he lied to authorities that he was motorcycle racer, and thus he needed 210 liters of nitromethane. In a rented storage space, he stockpiled seven crates each of eighteen-inch long Tovex sausages, five hundred electric blasting caps, and eighty spools of shock tube. In addition, he stole eighteen thousand kilograms of ammonium nitrate fuel oil and later purchased an additional seventeen bags of the same.

Arrangement of the bomb was aboard a rented Ryder truck in which, "he added a dual fuse ignition system accessible from the truck's front cab” (Serrano, 1998, p. 43). In addition, “He drilled two holes in the cab of the truck under the seat, while two holes were also drilled in the body of the truck” (Serrano, 1998, p. 43). To ensure that the bomb exploded, he added an ignition that would have led to his death for it had to be done from a close range.




Serrano, R. A. (1998). One of Ours: Timothy McVeigh and the Oklahoma City Bombing. New York: W. W. Norton & Company.